Statement by New Virginia Majority on Sen. Norment’s Proposed Constitutional Amendment

For Immediate Release

September 1, 2016

In response to Sen. Norment’s recently proposed legislation, New Virginia Majority Co-Executive Director Tram Nguyen issued the following statement:

This is not the time for Republicans to pick and choose which voting-age adults get to have a voice, and which do not. The time for that was in the Jim Crow era, when racist power structures sought to keep people of color out of power. People who have served their sentences and completed all the requirements of probation and parole shouldn’t be punished for life. They have already been before a judge and a jury. The disenfranchisement of people who have already served sentences for prior mistakes is an outdated, discriminatory vestige of our nation’s Jim Crow past. To keep imposing a sentence on them is not justice, it’s retribution. Adding insult to injury, the fines, fees and restitution amount to a modern-day poll tax.

Contact: Jasmine Leeward, jleeward@newvirginiamajority.org, 804-250-6514

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  • commented 2016-10-06 21:17:10 -0400
    Originally, felons were stripped of their voting rights because it was felt that they were far more likely to corrupt elections by selling their votes than law abiding citizens were. It was also felt that known criminals were not deserving of the same representation as law abiding citizens. It haws been as much a way of rewarding people for being law abiding as it has been a punishment for being a criminal.
  • commented 2016-10-06 21:12:14 -0400
    If you learn your history you’ll find that Jim Crow was a program of the Democratic Party and has always been opposed by the Republicans. Personally I think we need to rid ourselves of the major political parties because the only serve the well-moneyed interests who employ the K Street lobbyist to buy our elected officials out from under us.

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